Winter Arts Guide 2018

// The best of what to see and do around Boston this winter

From art shows to music performances, theater, TV, and dance, Boston’s scene has you covered.

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// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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Detail of “Man With Beaded Suit,” Max Stern, 2017. Mardis Gras Indians drum, dance, and chant in paintings by Robert Freeman and photographs by Stern, at Adelson Galleries Boston.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Feb. 26-March 4

New Discovery Museum (re)opens, Steven Pinker’s new book, Mardi Gras Indians in the South End, and more.

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US online news and social networking service Twitter displayed on computers' screens. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were pressed in Congress on January 17, 2018 over their reliance on artificial intelligence and algorithms to keep their powerful platforms clear of violent extremist posts. In a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, executives of the world's top social media companies were praised for their efforts so far to eliminate Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and other jihadist content from the internet. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter purged thousands of bot accounts - and so should you

On Tuesday night, the network flushed thousands of automated accounts – more commonly known as “bots.” 

Herbert Blomstedt leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an all-Mozart program at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

At 90, Blomstedt still excelling on podium

The Swedish conductor leads the BSO in an all-Mozart program.

Fake accounts have been sowing misinformation on Twitter and other social media platforms.


Our elected officials aren’t going to do anything, so we need to fight Russian bots

Here’s how you can fight back in the Russian proxy war against the United States.

Representative Joe Kennedy.

Joe Kennedy III, on ‘The View,’ lashes out at the GOP response to Florida shooting

A day after Trump proposed arming some teachers, Kennedy was unequivocal in rejecting the idea.

Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in


‘Black Mass’ movie received $12 million in state tax credits

Steve Davis, whose sister was a victim of Whitey Bulger, said the film tax credits were “sinful” and “sickening.”

book review

In a dead-end town, the sins of the mother

“Brass’ follows a mother and daughter through loss, strained ties, migration across great distances, and dreams deferred in a dying town.

An illustration by Micha Archer from “Girl Running,” the story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Children’s book focuses on 1st woman to run Boston Marathon; LitFest at Amherst

“Girl Running’’ tells the story of Bobbi Gibb and the race that out her in the record books.

book review

A false imprisonment rips a marriage apart

Tayari Jones’s powerful new novel, Oprah’s latest book-club pick, shadows a once up-and-coming young black professional and the unraveling of his life.


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 25-March 3

A weekly calendar of literary events.

book review

Making the case for the importance of reason

Steven Pinker’s intolerance undercuts his argument for the importance of reason in improving our world.

Rachel Joyce’s fourth novel, “The Music Shop,” was published in January.


A novelist who makes time for poetry

For Rachel Joyce good poetry takes the natural world and straps words around it.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

A biography of the drugs we use to heal minds

The history Lauren Slater chronicles is less a tale of scientific certainty than of persistent questions.

An untitled photo from “Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage,” which is at Boston University’s Faye G, Jo, and James Stone Gallery through March 25.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

Is the Internet a distortion pedal for anger?

Much of the young male rage we see online is shaped in response to the virtual world, and it isn’t finding any way into real life until it’s too late.

Michelle Wolf is a regular on “The Daily Show.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Michelle Wolf to host White House Correspondents’ dinner

Whether President Trump plans to attend is another matter.

Jason Clarke in “Chappaquiddick.”


‘Chappaquiddick’ to open Martha’s Vineyard film fest

Director John Curran and star Jason Clarke will be in attendance for the March 15 screening in Chilmark.

From left: Desi Oakley, Lenne Klingaman, Simonne Stern (front), and Charity Angel Dawson.


A night out after work for ‘Waitress’ cast

Stars of the musical celebrated their opening night in Boston with a cast party at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar Wednesday.

hot ticket

Lighten up in the Seaport

Is the dreary weather getting you down? Brighten your mood by heading to the Seaport for a bounce on an illuminated, musical seesaw.

From left: Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, and Retta in “Good Girls.”

Television review

The crime of ‘Good Girls’ is its wasted potential

The new NBC series is a wan attempt to make points — good points — about sexism, inequality, patriarchy, and health care, stitched together with a story line that is seriously underdeveloped.

Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim in Hulu’s “The Looming Tower.”

Television review

Hulu’s ‘Looming Tower’ a 9/11 prelude with no heroes

Hulu’s “The Looming Tower,” a limited series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, does not go easy when it comes to assigning blame.

Members of the Australian contemporary circus troupe Circa perform a routine from “S.”

With ‘S,’ Circa reshapes notions of how bodies can bend and balance

The Australian troupe occupies a space where dance and the circus arts intersect.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 18: Actor Nick Offerman (L) and actress Amy Poehler speak during The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring


Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman take swipe at NRA

The “Parks and Recreation” costars asked the gun lobby to remove a tweet using an image from the show.

“The Marriage of the Virgin” is in “Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth” at the Gardner.

Art Review

At the Gardner, the colors of heaven in Fra Angelico exhibition

The 15th-century Dominican friar’s painting made faith luminous.

Bob Dylan in “Trouble No More.”

The Gospel according to Bob Dylan

The documentary “Trouble No More” tracks the music legend’s 1979-80 tour, which bewildered some fans with its evangelical repertoire.

Five Pops concerts in May will consist of compositions by Leonard Bernstein (center left, with John Williams in 1989). Also in May, Williams will return to lead his traditional film night.

A salute to Leonard Bernstein highlights Pops’ varied spring season

Among this season’s guests: Andy Grammer, Leslie Odom Jr., Sutton Foster, Alfie Boe, and laureate conductor John Williams.

Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley, and Lenne Klingaman in the national tour of “Waitress,” which is at the Opera House through March 4.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Waitresses, prison guards, and princesses

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

From left: Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax, and Yo-Yo Ma performing at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

All-star trio bring Brahms brilliance to Symphony Hall 

Fascinating musical conversations played out onstage between Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma, and Emanuel Ax, who maintained their own unique approaches but were no less harmonious for it. 

Agnès Varda, director of “Faces Places.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

A legend, an unplugged village, and some vermin

Peter Keough takes a look at three documentary shorts by the great Agnes Varda, coming to town for the Norton Lectures at Harvard.

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2016 file photo, Steve Wilkos, host of

Jerry Springer security director, talk show host Steve Wilkos facing OUI after Conn. crash

Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a car crash in Connecticut last month.

Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley, and Lenne Klingaman in the national tour of “Waitress.”

Stage Review

‘Waitress’ a confection with a few too many missing ingredients

This tale of a diner waitress who hopes to escape her lousy marriage by winning the $20,000 prize in a pie-baking contest has its moments, but not enough to overcome its weaknesses.

Jennifer Jason Leigh (left) and Natalie Portman in “Annihilation.”

Movie Review

‘Annihilation’ is a wall of confusion, even for sci-fi fans

Peter Keough reviews the big-screen adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s cryptic sci-fi novel.

Mother Russia crashes the Oscars

Two documentaries that have been nominated for Academy Awards have drawn the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In December, PBS fired Tavis Smiley, shown in New York in 2014.

Tavis Smiley, fired from talk show amid sex harassment allegations, sues PBS

Smiley contends in the lawsuit that racial bias contributed to his dismissal.

Jennifer Lawrence during the “Red Sparrow” photo call Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel in London.

Jennifer Lawrence tells critics of her Versace dress: ‘Get a grip people’

The actress’s passionate Facebook post was in response to a controversy surrounding an outfit she wore Tuesday to a photo call for her new thriller, ‘‘Red Sparrow.’’

Daniela Vega stars in “A Fantastic Woman.”

Movie Review

From Chile, a gently furious drama about identity

The title of Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” seems straightforward enough, but it carries a double meaning and a sting.

From left: Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, and Patricia Clarkson in “The Party.”

Movie Review

Guests make ‘The Party’

Sally Potter’s tart black comedy of bad behavior among the British boho-bourgeoisie, shot in black and white, boasts a terrific cast.

Playwright Claudia Rankine and dramaturg P. Carl at a rehearsal for her new play “The White Card.”

Claudia Rankine wants us to talk — really talk — about race, so she wrote ‘The White Card’

The play from the poet who wrote “Citizen” is getting its world premiere in Boston, under the direction of Diane Paulus.

The cast of the original TV series “Lost in Space” (from left): Mark Goddard, June Lockhart, Guy Williams, Billy Mumy (front), Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Marta Kristen.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Lost in Space’ reboot set to launch in April

Maybe Netflix will justify its forthcoming foray into the world of the space family Robinson with the help of a twist: Actress Parker Posey will star as the scheming Dr. Smith.

Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee’s “The Blue Lagoon”

Photography review

Vibrant additions to the collection at Fitchburg Art Museum

The museum is doubling its photographic holdings, and 24 pictures in a new show offer a striking sampling.

“We’ve worked together for such a comfortable space,” says Paul Jeffries, “that we never have to overshadow each other.”

Canadian R&B duo dvsn seduce from the shadows

They wouldn’t divulge personal details at first, but it’s hard to maintain anonymity under an intensifying spotlight.

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in “Game Night.”

Movie Review

Rachel McAdams brings a light touch to ‘Game Night’

The actress, Jason Bateman, and other cast members pour a lot of energy into the gimmicky comedy.

Screaming Females

Album review

Head-bangers, and a few curves, from Screaming Females

On “All at Once,” the New Jersey trio indulge in a little stylistic experimentation, but their primary focus remains rocking out, hard and unrelentingly.

Sarah Ruhl


‘Orlando’ crosses centuries, continents, genders

Playwright Sarah Ruhl, who adapted Virginia Woolf’s novel, says the writer “couldn’t have imagined the trans movement, but she relished the idea that the mind of the artist is androgynous.”

Bryan Christie’s “Of Your Presence Just Passed”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Bryan Christie takes the human body to unexpected places

The artist’s show at Matter & Light Fine Art runs through March 31.

Bruce Dern in “Nostalgia.”

Movie Review

‘Nostalgia’ is a wistful trip down memory lane

Mark Pellington’s cinematic mosaic can be vague, but it holds interest with Ellen Burstyn, Jon Hamm, and Catherine Keener digging into wistful material.